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"An independent statistical analysis of the articles published in Nature Communications, carried out by the Research Information Network (RIN), has found that open access (OA) articles are viewed three times more often than articles that are only available to subscribers. RIN also found that OA articles are cited more than subscription articles. RIN analysed the web traffic to 722 articles published in the first 6 months of 2013 and found that open-access articles were viewed three times as often as subscription articles in html format, and twice as often in PDF format. Over the first 180 days after publication, subscription articles were viewed in HTML format an average (median) of 804 times, and the PDFs were downloaded an average of 399 times. In contrast, open-access articles were viewed 2051 times on average, and downloaded an average of 904 times. The statistician analysed a larger dataset of 2008 papers that were published between April 2010 and June 2013 in order to assess the effect of open access on citations. Articles that were published open access had been cited a median of 11 times and articles published using the subscription model were cited a median of 7 times, a difference that was statistically significant. The only discipline not to show any citation benefit from open access publication was chemistry. Launched in 2010, Nature Communications is a relatively new journal, and its institutional subscriber base is still growing. These results should be considered as a snapshot in the journal's development rather than definitive. The full dataset, reproduced with permission from Web of Science copyright Thomson Reuters 2014, is available in Figshare. The report from RIN is available at: http://www.nature.com/press_releases/ncomms-report2014.pdf ."